North Korea Could Soon Test Powerful Hydrogen Bomb in Pacific Ocean

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 24, 2017

President Donald Trump added economic action to his fiery military threats against North Korea on Thursday, authorizing stiffer new sanctions in response to the Koreans' nuclear weapons advances.

The Korean Central News Agency transmitted Kim's statement verbatim. The content of this image is as provided and can not be independently verified.

"Kim Jong Un of North Korea, who is obviously a madman who doesn't mind starving or killing his people, will be tested like never before!" the president tweeted. He drew a sharp rebuke from the North's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, who said, "It would be a dog's dream if he meant to scare us with the sound of a dog barking".

The announcement from Beijing came at the end of a week that saw tensions ratchet up between the United States and North Korea, with the leaders of both countries trading insults.

It was written in the first person, and issued directly to the worldwide community generally and to Trump specifically. "Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself".

CHANG: And a final jab - Kim said Trump was a dotard.

In the margins of the general assembly of the united Nations in NY, the head of the diplomacy of north korea's Ri Yong-ho told journalists that Pyongyang could now be given to detonate a hydrogen bomb out of his territory.

I make light, but when you have two leaders that seem bound and determined to needle each other to the brink of nuclear war, it's that or cry.

With his new 150 kiloton hydrogen bomb, the tyrannical regime could cause mass devastation in the U.S. with new nuclear missile tests suggesting mainland America is now in Pyongyang's reach.

The president's bellicose rhetoric was in turn answered by Kim in a rare personal statement broadcast on state television.

CHANG: Kim lectured the USA president, calling his behavior mentally deranged.

Students at the Kim Chaek University of Technology in Pyongyang, North Korea in a 2014 photo taken by Wang Guofeng.

North Korea has previously embraced racist, sexist and just plain rude statements about its enemies. South Korean media called it the first such direct address to the world by Kim.

The rhetorical battle came as outside experts say North Korea is getting closer to achieve its long-stated goal of building nuclear-armed missiles capable hitting anywhere in the US mainland. It also called Obama a "monkey".

The North accuses the United States, which has 28,500 troops in South Korea, of planning to invade and regularly threatens to destroy it and its Asian allies. But on Friday, Trump didn't use the playful moniker.

Kim said that Trump's remarks "convinced me, rather than frightening or stopping me, that the path I chose is correct and that it is the one I have to follow to the last".

Trump's messengers backed him up in television appearances Thursday. After all, he typically leaves the threats to his propaganda mavens and lower-level officials. Such action, if confirmed by China, would answer a longstanding request from the US and its allies.

"This is unprecedented, as far as we can tell", Narang said.

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